AAA Texas Law Enforcement, Affected Families Join Forces To Fight Speed-Related Fatalities | KLBK | KAMC


COPPELL, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from AAA Texas:

Dangerous driving activities, including street racing, so-called “side shows” and street takeovers, have increased during the pandemic. AAA Texas and Street Racing Kills, a non-profit road safety education organization, are reminding those wishing to compete in auto races to do so legally and to go to a designated circuit.

In 2020, Texas Department of Public Safety soldiers issued 451 citations and warnings for street racing violations. This year, several deaths have been reported in several cities in Texas as a result of illegal street racing. Street Racing Kills Founder Lili Trujillo Puckett travels across Texas with AAA Texas to raise awareness about dangerous and deadly crime. Trujillo started the nonprofit in 2014 after her 16-year-old daughter, Valentina, was killed by a young man who drove her home and then entered a race with another driver.

“Speed ​​kills, and we know from research by the AAA Foundation for Road Safety that the faster a driver goes before a crash, the less likely they are to descend to survival speed even if they have a chance to brake before impact, ”said AAA Texas spokesman Daniel Armbruster.

Racing in non-designated areas such as public roads can be fatal to participants, spectators and all road users, including other drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. Indeed, recent research by the AAA Road Safety Foundation found that even slightly higher speeds at the time of a crash dramatically increase the risk of serious injury and death, and negate the benefits of vehicle safety features (like airbags). Illegal street racing speeds up on steroids, leading to tragic and preventable fatalities and injuries on Texas roads. In 2020, the Texas Department of Transportation reported more than 1,200 speeding fatalities statewide, an increase of more than 15% from the previous year.

“As parents, we are not supposed to bury our children. I decided that I was not going to let my daughter’s death be in vain, ”said Trujillo Puckett. “We need to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal street racing. “

Since launching Street Racing Kills, Trujillo Puckett has met many other families who have lost loved ones to illegal street racing. Lori Argumedo lost her 23-year-old niece Bethany in 2019 after police said street runners crashed into a vehicle she was in on a residential street. Argumedo is one of many to join Street Racing Kills as this dangerous and illegal activity grows innocent.

“This is insane and something that could have been avoided,” Argumedo said.

Texas lawmakers recently increased the sentence for those convicted of illegal street racing from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $ 4,000 and a year in prison. The new law also allows police to confiscate a driver’s vehicle if the driver is a repeat offender, is intoxicated or causes injury or death.

About Street Racing Kills: Street Racing Kills is a non-profit organization made up of families who have lost loved ones to illegal street racers. Their mission is to save lives and educate the public about the dangers and consequences of illegal street racing. Lili Trujillo Puckett founded Street Racing Kills (SRK) in 2014 after her 16-year-old daughter, Valentina, was killed by a young man who was street racing and crashed while driving her home. For more information and to view a map describing the latest accidents involving street racing, visit streetracingkills.org.

AAA Foundation for Road Safety: Founded in 1947 by the AAA, the AAA Road Safety Foundation is a nonprofit, state-funded, 501 (c) (3) research and education charity. The mission of the AAA Foundation is to prevent road deaths and injuries by investigating their causes and educating the public on strategies to prevent accidents and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is developing educational material for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

(AAA Texas press release)

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